Book Review: Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz

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Title – Jane Anonymous

Author –  Laurie Faria Stolarz 

Publication – January 7th, 2020.

Publisher – Wednesday Book

Genre – Thriller, & Young Adult Fiction

Bestselling author Laurie Faria Stolarz returns with Jane Anonymous, a gripping tale of a seventeen-year-old girl’s kidnapping and her struggle to fit back into her life after she escapes.

Then, “Jane” was just your typical 17-year-old in a typical New England suburb getting ready to start her senior year. She had a part-time job she enjoyed, an awesome best friend, overbearing but loving parents, and a crush on a boy who was taking her to see her favorite band. She never would’ve imagined that in her town where nothing ever happens, a series of small coincidences would lead to a devastating turn of events that would forever change her life.

Now, it’s been three months since “Jane” escaped captivity and returned home. Three months of being that girl who was kidnapped, the girl who was held by a “monster.” Three months of writing down everything she remembered from those seven months locked up in that stark white room. But, what if everything you thought you knew―everything you thought you experienced―turned out to be a lie?

I was sceptical when I picked up this book to read because of how traumatic the theme of the entire novel is. I am glad I didn’t let it deter me because what I found was a pretty scary story but also healing.

The story is being told to us by the victim, who has decided to remain anonymous, she narrates in a now and then method, with now focusing on after she escaped and her readjustment to the real world and then the moment leading to her abduction and her time in captivity.

We know right at the go that Jane is no longer in captivity and she is sharing her story with us because she is ready to let the world know what happened to her on her own terms.

The writing style holds you captivated from the second you start reading, wanting to know about the person who abducted Jane and the why she was taken because that’s where the mystery lies.

Jane’s story highly touches on mental illness, stockholm syndrome, panic attacks & pain, what I loved was how her relationships was shown, with her parents, with the animals, her friends etc.

It wasn’t an easy read because the topic of focus is one that rips my heart to shreds, but at the end of the day, its story at least gives us peace of mind, seeing as this usually isn’t the case in real-life stories of abduction.

I was given this copy to read by the wonderful people at Wednesday Books, and I believe others would enjoy this book regardless if they read YA or not.

Lara Kareem

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